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Summer Bucket List
June 24, 2014

Summer is here! With that said, this is my bucket list. It’s not much but it’s still something, right right?

Computer Betterment

I’m not satisfied with how my java class went so I’m reviewing the basics and object-oriented programming over the summer. Most of the classes I need requires java so it’s pretty important that I know what’s going on and be able to work with it from scratch. Once I’m finished with that, I’ll move on to looking at another topic (undecided).

Cupcake Madness

You know I love Sprinkles Cupcakes, right? You can catch up by reading this post. There is a Sprinkles Cupcakes opening at the Americana sometime this summer and I must get my hands on them! It’s a big deal to me because it’s much closer to my house (10 minutes) compared to the ones in downtown/The Grove. I’m planning to go there with one of my band kids on opening day (even if there will be a long line).

Organize My Recipes Notebook

I usually keep my recipes in flash cards or Pinterest. The flash cards are usually scattered around somewhere, which can be a hassle when I need them the most. Keeping all of the recipes in one little notebook in an A-Z order should make my life easier- until it decides to disappear into the fifth-dimension.

Site Revamp

It’s due time that this site and Ribboned gets revamped. I don’t really have significant cosmetic changes in mind for this site since I’m already loving the minimalism/one-column concept. At the most, it’ll be content within the site that will be changed.

Scrap to Gold

Not really gold, but I’d like to finish that scrapbook by the end of summer. I’m finished with 41% of the pages so far without including the actual pictures. I have to buy another binder later on because I forgot to take into account that the glued “decorations and frames” adds on to the page’s thickness.

Food = Happiness

Here are the rest of the foods in the bucket list whether it’s to make or to buy. At the end, it’s going to get eaten regardless.

  • Sashimi Salad/Chirashizushi
    I love sushi and all of the bits to it.. Though I never had sashimi salad or chirashi before so it’s due time I try it out. The closest to chirashi was when I made the sushi bowl with salmon, yellowtail, and salmon eggs. I’d like to see how it tastes like with a bigger variety of toppings.
  • Oysters
    For some reason, I’ve been wanting oysters lately even though I had them twice this month. I’m aiming to go for a couple of more “oyster runs” over the summer.
  • Juice in a Mason Jar
    This whole trend of drinking out a mason jar looks cool. I want in! Soooo I have to get my hands on a mason jar first then make some juice.
  • Other Possibilities
    Kabob, Shawarma, miniature/bite-sized food, Coctel de Camarones y Pulpo (Shrimp and Octopus Cocktail), Ahi Poke, Potato Corner, and so on.
Possible Adventures

Here are some adventures I could possibly go on but not yet confirmed.

  • San Jose
    I’m invited to attend cyber camp again but it’s not fully confirmed yet because I might have to pay for its tuition cost. If I receive a full ride to go, I’ll be on my way to buy that plane ticket and stuff.
  • LA Zoo
    If the weather is great and I’m highly in the mood, I’ll take a trip to the LA Zoo.
  • Griffith Observatory
    The circumstance above applies here.
  • Etc…
Vroom Vroom

Lastly, I will be buying the Mustang Boss 302 before fall hits….. Just kidding!

10 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ June 25, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Sounds like you got some good plans for the summer! Mine were usually always: sleep, game, read, write, and sleep! 😀 Oh, and hang out with friends. I didn’t really take the time to really explore when I was undergrad here . . . I regret it now, but I’m doing my exploring more now!

    The whole juice in a mason jar . . . I’ve had tea and stuff served in mason jar at coffee shops here, but I don’t think I’ve had the juice? Oh, wait, I guess lemonade counts? XD

    Anyway, good luck accomplishing your bucket list! <3

  2. Cat ☆ June 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I hope reviewing Java goes well! My college heavily used Java, so it was in almost all of our courses. I haven’t touched it since graduating though since my work uses Ruby. I’m soooo behind on how Java is now.

    Yay for cupcakes! I’m jealous that you’ll have a Sprinkles nearby. I need to re-organize my recipes notebook. I have one that I’ve been writing my recipes in, but I’ve been lazy lately and some aren’t in there yet.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the site! Good luck with finishing the scrapbook as well! All of the foods on your list sound awesome. I’ve never had a sashimi salad either (I normally have sashimi on its own), but I’m a fan of chirashi bowls. It sounds like you’re going to have a fun and productive summer!

  3. Isi ☆ June 26, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Thank you! It’s good to be back. I’m trying to stay lol I’m a little behind on comments, i forgot how lazy i got when it came to replying them. I swear college really is the best years of my life! I created a domain for the online store finally. Share, critique it, and such please!

    Oh my gosh I didn’t tell you about my java class, so I got a D and i am retaking it. I really really hate java.

    Oooh what kind of recipes to have? Like the sweet and yummy kind?

  4. Michelle ☆ June 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Ooh, sounds like you have a busy summer ahead of you. Luckily, I know you can pull it off! ^.^ Ooh, I’ve always loved your simplistic layouts. They are so beautiful.

    Good luck girl! Also, you nearly got me at the end with the Mustang…but alas, it’s not meant to be. Maybe one day!

  5. Christa Lei ☆ June 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Mason jar drinks are adorable 🙂 I love putting coffee or tea in them as well. They also make great decorations or jars to hold things. I kind of want to grab more to decorate my kitchen with them.

  6. Bhairavee ☆ June 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Nancy,

    What did you have in Java? The basics or the webbased part as well? Java is actually very easy, even to revise. It has become my strongest programming language, and I hope you’ll be able to review all the topics properly!

    Your list list really good, I hope you are able to do everything that you have listed! 😀

  7. Holly ☆ June 27, 2014 at 4:59 am

    It sounds like you’ve got a busy summer ahead of you. 🙂 A recipe notebook is a great idea. I think I’d like to make one of those myself!

    I should create a summer bucket list. Then I’d actually know what I could be doing with all of my free time!

  8. Cseline ☆ June 29, 2014 at 3:36 am

    I’m really looking forward on your scrapbook. I wanna see how it looks after, with those Mickey/Disney-themed decorations I am obsessed with. I actually found one at our local craft store, but yours is still cuter though.

    Mason jars are cute. I also would like to try doing the same thing myself. They’re unfortunately expensive in our place. :/

    Good luck with your bucketlist! 🙂

  9. Tiff ☆ June 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    It’s always nice to see that you like to go above & beyond what you were taught if you were dissatisfied with your class. I think that’s a really good trait to have you know? To be discontent with ignorance & attempt to find bliss through knowledge & learning.

    Sprinkles is really good! My BFF (also named Nancy) sent me an entire box for my birthday & they were amazing! There’s not one 10 minutes to my house, but probably 20-25 minutes away hah, but there’s actually a bunch of cupcake shops nearby these days since it’s you know, a trend like the ramen burger, cronuts, & poke. But anyway, there is this place nearby & I personally think it rivals Sprinkles. It’s so good. You should do a blind taste test to see if your tongue can recognize the difference between a Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake & a rival’s! It’d be interesting to see the results.

    I like the simplicity of your website because our eyes aren’t assaulted with a million colors or 5 sidebars or ads or whatever, but I do think that your comments page could improve in the way it’s displayed (so can mine, trust me, gonna work on it) & the one blog per page should be expanded to show at least 3. WP has a default of 10, I halved that, but I think more than one post being shown at a time is much better than just a single one. It’s less obvious that you have other posts with the way it’s currently set up & I have to kind of fish around for how to see previous posts. Maybe even add a helpful footer that shows previous posts or categories or archives or tags or just anything to help readers find your posts better. Maybe even a little widget for flickr photos to give your website a little more pizazz since it’s mostly just white & text.

    Looks like two of your bucket list items can be knocked out in Little Tokyo & Koreatown! Try EMC in downtown LA. I’ve heard great things about that place, their HH oysters, & their uni pasta. It’s on my bucket list! As for chirashi, go on Yelp or Google, “best chirashi in *insert your zipcode*” which will help you with your hunt for really good chirashi. An authentic Japanese restaurant will serve you chirashi without mayo sauce or whatever mixed all into the rice. It’s a very delicate dish, so if you find it to be plain, just ask for a dish of ponzu sauce (NOT SOY SAUCE) to dip the fish in.

    LA is known for some of the best kabobs & shawarma so you’ll get this bucket knocked in no time. LA is a wonderful city for adventure, but it has the worst public transportation system everrrr so it’s kind of hard to do more than two neighborhoods in one day without having sat in traffic. It’s also really bad to just well, breathe, in LA, but I miss it. It was fun & I’m sure you’ll find lots of fun things to do.

    • Nancy ☆ July 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      !!! I gotta try out that ramen burger and cronut one of these days! I’m curious on how the ramen burger will taste like because of the noodles being crisp enough to hold the content inside. I wouldn’t mind doing a blind taste test with Sprinkles. In Glendale, they practically took over Crumbs and Goodie Girls (moreso Crumbs because it’s at the same mall complex).

      I probably jumped way too much into the minimal/simplicity side, haha. The comments section is one of the main things I’m focusing on for the next layout. The current commenting code is made in a way that it’s almost impossible to give it life because of past coding mistakes I did (whoops). I’ll try to expand on that multiple posts idea though. If I can give it a good imagination, it’ll happen. You did give me an idea of possibly implementing a site map though! Thank you for the input 😀 😀

      !! I just bookmarked EMC because they have a HUGE selection of oysters! I’ll keep in mind for trying that ponzu sauce next time I go for sushi. Thanks for the tips! :D. You are right, we do have the best kabobs and shawarma! (Go towards Glendale for more of that good stuff ;))

      How do you read and drive at the same time? I can’t even take my eyes off the road for 3 seconds to type something on my tab (more convenient to use for GPS) *o*. But playing music does make the experience a lot better 🙂

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